2. Mazda RX-7
The rotary engine is synonymous with Mazda’s RX lineup of cars and no other model had a longer run, was more successful, or garnered more fans than the RX-7. First released in 1978, nearly 1,000,000 RX-7s were produced before ceasing production in 2002, although the model left our shores long before that thanks to emission regulations.
Three generations of RX-7s were made and by the time it was discontinued, power from the twin-turbocharged 13B two rotor motor was up to a claimed 276 hp. The RX-7 was a phenomenal handling vehicle thanks to its low weight and many consider it one of the best balanced sports cars.